Bobby Vinton: In Fifth Decade Of Singing


Bobby Vinton recorded his first album in 1961 and has been in music business for 48 years and still is active at the age of 74 after recording his first album at the age of 26.


Bobby Vinton was born on April 16, 1935 in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. He released his first compilation of his hits in 1964 with his album Bobby Vinton’s Greatest Hits.

The album included some of the  best songs of his career including Blue Velvet, Roses Are Red, There I’ve Said It Again, Mr. Lonely and Tell Me Why. I used to own that album and it was one of my favorites but met the fate of most of my albums by going up for sale at a garage sale when we no longer had a phonograph to play the records.

Early in his career Vinton aspired to lead a big band but later became a vocalist and in 1963 he had a No.3 song in Blue on Blue and then his recordings of There I Said It Again and Mr. Lonely went to the top of the record charts.

Vinton retained his popularity despite the British invasion. However he wouldn’t record another No.1 song till 1974 when he recorded Melody of Love in 1974.

Bobby Vinton singing Blue Velvet on Ed Sullivan in 1964.

Bobby singing Mr. Lonely and Roses Are Red.

Bobby singing a medley of his biggest hits in Part One of his 2002 concert.

Bobby introduces his mom who sings a song and dances and Bobby plays the trumpet, saxophone and clarinet with the big band in Part Two of the concert.

Bobby sings Mr. Lonely in Part Three of the concert which ends with Bobby singing Roll Out The Barrel while dancers are dancing to the polka music.

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Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

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